Finchampstead CC record first win of the seasonBy Ben Fisher
July 25, 2012
It has taken more than two months and 11 league games, but Finchampstead finally celebrated a win for the first time this season on Saturday with a 91-run victory over struggling Marlow.
And what a time to get it, as both Basingstoke & North Hants and Henley 2nd, the two sides directly below Finchampstead in the table, recorded valuable wins.
It means Finches are still precariously poised at the wrong end of the Division 1 table, but have closed the gap on the mid-table pack.
Most satisfying for Finches, though, was the timely discovering of form from their bowlers, who skittled a team out for the first time this season to help deliver the 25-point win for the hosts.
Winning the toss, Finches chose to bat first and were indebted to opener Russell Lane who hammered 67 of the first 85 before being bowled by Gary Mathurin.
With Gary Loveday also dismissed the score looked comfortable at 105-2, but Mathurin struck with a hat-trick to leave five down for the unchanged score.
Settled batting by skipper Matt Jones (33) and Simon Bell (26) saw a recovery, but when both were dismissed the innings ended somewhat disappointingly at 174.
Gary Mathurin took 7-78 in a fine performance for the visitors.
Marlow, though, were soon in trouble with both openers out with just seven on the board.
They were soon reduced to 44-5, and when all-rounder Mathurin, the only batsman to really post a score, was caught and bowled by Simon Hards for 28, the writing was on the wall.
Matt Bell took four of the wickets and Will Allum two more as Marlow lurched to 70-9, but they were all out for 83 in just 25 overs.
Hards with 4-34 and Bell (4-38) led the bowling, while Allum took 2-9 in 13 balls.
In all all it was a fine and well-earned win as the bowlers were aided by some fine catching and fielding.